You may not always know him by his name, you’ve probably heard one of his iconic scores. Today we learned the sad news that legendary movie composer Ennio Morricone has died, at the grand age of 91.
The titan of cinematic music will always be known as the man who gave the world some most recognisable music ever. He will always be known as the composer behind the music from the Spaghetti Western genre especially the music from many Sergio Leone films. The Good, The Band And The Ugly his most famous of the genre however he didn’t just produce for spaghetti westerns, a battle he thought majority of his life.
His other Western scores included A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and Once Upon a Time in the West.
His influence was felt through out every movie genre as much as music itself. He left the world 500 wonderful pieces of art including The Battle Of Algiers (1966),La Cage aux Folles (1978),The Thing (1982), The Untouchables (1987), Frantic (1988), Cinema Paradiso (1988), In the Line of Fire (1993). He also has a career in many Horror/ Giallo movies including Nightmare Castle, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, The Cat ‘o Nine Tails, A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin, Black Belly of the Tarantula, Four Flies on Grey Velvet, What Have You Done to Solange?, Exorcist II: The Heretic and Wolf.
For a composer who made so much impact, it’s astonishing he only one two Oscars and one of them was a Honorary Oscar in 2007. His other was for Quentin Tarantino‘s 2016 Western The Hateful Eight.
In Music Muse, Scott Walker, Radiohead, Dire Straits, Orbital, Portishead, Nick Cave, The Last Shadow Puppets, David Guetta and Gnarls Barkley, have all said Morricone inspired them.
Ennio Morricone was born in Rome 1928 to a musical family. Learning music from his father, who was a trumpeter in small orchestras. He studied music at Rome’s Conservatory at the age of 12, only to the prestigious Academy of Santa Cecilia orchestra a few years later.
His first job was in the music industry writing music for some of the Italy’s pop stars during the 1950’s and 1960’s. His first credit for a feature film for Luciano Salce’s ‘Il Federale‘ in 1961. In 1964 he joined forces with his old school friend Sergio Leone to compose the music for his Westerns.
The news of his death was announced today, He died in a Roman Hospital due to his injuries thanks to a recent fall. Rest in Peace Ennio Morricone.